“Breathe … just breathe.” Those are the opening words of the new official teaser trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” It sounds like Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) training Jedi-in-the-making Rey (Daisy Ridley), but he could also be talking to “Star Wars” fans who have been anxiously anticipating new footage from the upcoming film, which opens at the end of the year on December 15. Watch the new trailer above.
We don’t get a lot of story detail from the teaser, but it does give us two minutes of footage from the film, including glimpses at Luke and Rey, plus former storm trooper Finn (John Boyega), rebel pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and villainous Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). And it ends with a proclamation from Skywalker that might give the title of the film a ominous new context: “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”
“The Last Jedi” follows the events of the 2015 film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which reawakened “Star Wars” fandom worldwide. It was the first “Star Wars” film since Disney bought the rights from creator George Lucas, and the first new film in the canon since Lucas’s prequels from 1999 to 2005. Those prequels were blockbuster hits, but they were met with much disappointment from fans. However, “The Force Awakens” was a historic hit with both critics and audiences. It was widely acclaimed; earned five Oscar nominations; set a record for the biggest opening weekend at the domestic box office, not accounting for inflation ($247 million); then set another record for the biggest domestic gross of all time, also not accounting for inflation ($936 million). And it’s also the third biggest moneymaker of all time worldwide with more than $2 billion in global ticket sales. A tough act to follow.
J.J. Abrams directed “The Force Awakens,” but this second film is helmed by Rian Johnson, who past credits include wide-ranging projects like the indie drama “Brick,” the time-travel actioner “Looper” and episodes of “Breaking Bad.” After watching the new trailer, does it look to you like Johnson was up to the task? Comment below, and discuss this and more with your fellow movie fans in our forums.